FAA “expects to license commercial drone operator in May”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to award its first license to operate a drone airline in May, according to the US National Law Review.  “Last year, the FAA determined that large-scale commercial package delivery drone operations would require certain safety and economic certification standards like other licensed U.S. airlines. The FAA has not yet announced which company will receive that certificate, but to date, the only air carrier certificate application for a drone carrier listed on the applicant website has come from Wing Aviation LLC, which is a subsidiary of Google’s parent, Alphabet, Inc,” said the review.

“In the next month we expect to announce we will have our first … air carrier certificate for operating a drone airline,” said FAA Office of Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Executive Director Jay Merkle at a conference in Singapore in April.

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